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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Barack Obama Disses His Own Party's Candidate's Supporters

"I have no doubt that I can get the people who vote for Senator Clinton. ... It's not clear that Senator Clinton can get all the people I'm getting," Barack Obama said.

It comes down for Democrats, according then to Obama whether or not voters are motivated by issues, or by Hillary Clinton. Issue voters, he is implying, with go to him, and not vice versa. She will not get Obama supporters.

That's a bold claim, and it might be true. It likewise suggests against Obama that his supporters are fickle about issues, willing to support him but not her, meaning they prefer Republican stands on issues (Iraq, gun control, prolife and so forth).

In other words, in a strange way, Barack Obama thinks his supporters will be like the way Anne Coulter views Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney supporters. She says she'll back Hillary Clinton rather than John McCain.

No one votes for anyone's issues anymore. They either vote against someone, or for someone's image.

Go figure. I'm lost.


@bdul muHib said...

Actually, I'm reading that in the same way that a lot of commentators are saying a lot of voters are now feeling. That there is intense dislike of Hillary among Democrats now, and not so against Obama. So Clinton supporters could, if necessary, vote for Obama in the general, but a large number of Obama supporters couldn't do the same for Clinton.

Resilient Hawk said...

That is precisely my point. It has become almost as in vogue to dislike Hillary as it is to hate Bush.

To dislike Clinton so much that McCain, who proudly declares his conservatism, will get votes - odd to me. What she believes is so close to what Obama believes when compared to McCain. McCain will become president, voted in by those who do not support him.

Something's wrong with that.

@bdul muHib said...

This is how I phrase it in my mind.

I'm against almost everything McCain stands for.

I'm for almost everything Clinton stands for. (For, as you point out, it's pretty much everything Obama supports.)

I don't trust Hillary at all any more.

I think she will say Obama, and do McCain.

Therefore, if McCain and Hillary are the nominees, I don't see much point in voting.